RadarFirst Blog

Travis Cannon, Director of Market Development & Partnerships

Whose Breach Is It? Using Accountability to Build a State-of-the-Art Privacy Program

Ever since GDPR went into effect a little over a year ago, more and more countries (and U.S. states) have raced to adopt or change their own privacy laws. It’s a fast-paced world out there and changes to privacy regulations are coming quick — recently a colleague updated their map of U.S. breach notification laws, only to have it outdated two days later due to a change in the Texas privacy law. 

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On Our Radar: May 9, 2019

This week the 2019 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) was released, an annual report, this year in its 12th iteration. The report is based on an analysis of 41,686 security incidents, including 2,013 confirmed data breaches, spanning 86 countries. This sobering quote is perhaps the best summary of this year’s findings: No organization is too large or too small to fall victim to a data breach. No industry vertical is immune to attack. Regardless of the type or amount of your organization’s data, there is someone out there who is trying to steal it.  Here are a few other highlights:  

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On Our Radar: April 19, 2019

Last week I hit the road, finding myself in discussions around the state of privacy in a couple of contexts. At the Annual HCCA Compliance Institute in Boston, I found myself deep in discussions with privacy professionals who are in the thick of sorting through regulatory complexities and bear the weight of their organization’s pursuit of privacy excellence. In another setting, I was able to sit down with students at the University of Maine School of Law to tackle the very practical approaches to privacy, taking what is discussed in the classroom and discussing tangible ways privacy best practices can be operationalized in the field.

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Regional Support and Innovation Showcase at Portland Startup Pitch Event

In December I had the pleasure of acting as emcee for Pitch Oregon 2017, an annual event hosted by TiE Oregon featuring regional early stage startup entrepreneurs pitching in front of a panel of judges for cash and investment opportunities. I’ve been involved in the entrepreneur scene in Portland for more than a decade, both as a mentor and volunteer and as an employee at start-up and growth stage companies. This event serves as a great representation of what the region has to offer, and the role that leaders at startups and established enterprises can have in fostering opportunities for budding organizations.

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It Takes A Village: Building Your Incident Response Team

Last week I attended the Technology Association of Oregon Cybersecurity Series event, “Breach, Incident or Spill,” an interactive presentation featuring RADAR CEO Mahmood Sher-Jan. Among other best practices, Mahmood outlined how assembling an incident response team now – before an incident has occurred –  is a crucial step to your internal process.

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